The Boston Celtics are heading for another outstanding season with Paul Pierce in the starting lineup. As the last practice before Wednesday night’s season opener was over. Coach Doc Rivers said the team was better than it was last year but he is still concerned about consistency.
Rivers has dealt with new players each year as he enters his third season as coach. This season five of the 15 players are new. Only two, Pierce and Kendrick Perkins, are well known to the team because they were there even before Rivers arrived. Which is the main reason the concern is about how much consistency can there be between so many guys who haven’t played a lot of NBA basketball. The Celtics will begin the season at home against the New Orleans Hornets, which could Tattoos lead to a good start. Of Boston’s first 10 games, seven are at home. The Celtics will be up against some new faces too with the Hornets, they added Peja Stojakovic, Tyson Chandler and Bobby Jackson in the off-season.
Home is an important fact to gain confidence, but it is more important for a team to realize that it does not mean that it will make or break their season. The Celtics are a team that’s really just starting to come together, if that, and then the young guys are still growing so, obviously, if they could get off to a great start that would really set them up for the second half because they thought that is going to be a much better team by midpoint.
The Celtics won 12 fewer games last season than they did the previous season. Since they missed the playoffs, they acquired two new point guards, Sebastian Telfair in a trade with Portland and Rajon Rondo in the draft. They have great speed. Both have great vision and great feel and the thing I like most about them both is for 48 minutes we can play at the same speed.
The Celtics acquired Rondo for a future first-round pick from Phoenix, which took him with the 21st pick of the draft.
In NBA they really don’t know if they’re better until they go out there and play some games, but I definitely think the Celtics are more talented this season.